Musical Wunderkind in Albuquerque: Cellist Levi Jensen and Violinist Lorenzo Gallegos
Albuquerque’s Levi Jensen, 18, began playing cello at the age of 5 at the University of New Mexico Lab School. He currently performs with the Albuquerque Youth Symphony and has performed several years with the New Mexico All-State Orchestra. He has been a member of Mad About Music (MAM), an all-strings folk music group, which has toured both nationally and internationally, and has performed in many community performances including the Messiah and Pippin. Jensen currently studies with James Holland.
Lorenzo Gallegos is a 17-year-old violinist from Albuquerque, N.M., who has been playing the violin for about seven years. He is currently in his senior year of high school. Gallegos began playing the violin at the beginning of sixth grade. In seventh grade he auditioned for and became a member of the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. A year later he joined the Albuquerque Junior Orchestra. Gallegos began taking private lessons from a family friend who played Mariachi music at their favorite restaurant before his former teacher recommended Kristin Cram who taught him the Suzuki Method for three years. During this time, Gallegos made it into the top group in the Albuquerque Youth Symphony program as second violin in his freshman year and first violin in his sophomore year. He then began studying with Leonard Felberg, an internationally known and esteemed violin pedagogue who died in 2018. Gallegos also attended the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in the summer of 2019. He is currently studying with David Felberg, Leonard Felberg’s son. David Felberg is instructor of violin and director of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble at the University of New Mexico. He is currently the associate concertmaster of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.